Sliced banana bread loaf on parchment paper

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  • Author: Paula Montenegro
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 70 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Quick breads
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


This healthier banana bread recipe is your answer to all that food and candy overdose. Past and future. With coconut oil and whole wheat flour, it has a sweet, earthy tone that complements those wonderful dark chocolate chips. Or chunks.



  • 2 cups (260g) superfine whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup (100g) coconut or fine muscovado sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, at room tº
  • 2 cups (3-4 medium) mashed very ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup (60g) dark chocolate chips or chunks
  • 1 whole banana, for decoration (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar or brown sugar (optional)


  1. Preheat oven at 350ºF / 180ºC.
  2. Line a 10x4-inch loaf pan with parchment paper (bottom and two narrow sides) and spray or butter remaining sides.
  3. In a large bowl beat coconut oil with sugar for 1 minute.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Add bananas and vanilla in 2 parts, alternating with sifted dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt) in 3 parts. I sift everything directly over the batter, but you can do it separately. 
  6. Add chocolate chips or chunks and mix well with a spatula.
  7. Pour into the prepared pan and add whole banana, cut lengthwise in 4 pieces, on top.
  8. Sprinkle with the extra tablespoon of sugar.
  9. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until cracked on top and a tester comes out clean.
  10. Let cool on a wire rack and unmold.
  11. It keeps, well wrapped, at room tº for a day or two.


Bananas: the best ones for this recipe are the ones that are overripe, soft, mushy, that smell barely fermented and where the skin is usually spotted.

Variations: add some chopped walnuts or pecans to the batter, about 1/4 cup, or a few tablespoons cocoa nibs or wheat germ or bran.

Freezing: well wrapped it can be frozen for up to a month.

Keywords: healthy banana bread, chocolate chip banana bread